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University strike action lifted

Combined University Unions

18 August 2005

University strike action lifted

Industrial action, including strike action planned by university staff for Friday 19 August, has been lifted as a result of progress made in negotiations between vice-chancellors and unions on Monday.

Union members at New Zealand's universities have been engaged in strike and other protest action following the breakdown of employment agreement negotiation in July.

Speaking on behalf of the combined university unions, Professor Nigel Haworth said developments in bargaining may provide a way forward in the current industrial dispute, and union members had agreed that the action should be stopped to enable further negotiations to develop.

Further negotiations are likely next week.

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